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Entries of year 2011

Content overdrive

Historically there has been always been a steady increase on connectivity. This has led to all sorts of innovation and progress. Michael Stillwell presented a chart describing the time it took for news of a specific event to reach London. For instance, news of the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 took 17 days, compared to news of the assassination of Alexander II in 1881 which only took half a day.

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Review: Livet är ett äventyr

This is a collection of short stories by Swedish journalist Staffan Heimerson. He is a big jolly guy, like a Swedish version of Bill Bryson. Many of the episodes are downright hilarious, such as the hunt for Bin Ladin in Falun and his road trip on the Karakoram Highway which connects China and Pakistan. He also describes being taken prisoner in Zimbabwe, where they put classified documents in the outdoor toilet to avoid suspicion.

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The Google age

What do you do if you want to know the birth date of Abraham Lincoln? You most likely google it. A few seconds later you know the answer and a lot more about the president. But a mere fifteen years ago, we looked it up at a library or perhaps in a dusty encyclopedia book if we had one nearby.

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Featured stories

Visions of Singapore

"By extensive use of landfill with sand bought from Indonesia and Cambodia, the bay area has expanded greatly in the last few years and tall buildings pop up everywhere."

Bunker safari

"The area contains 54 excavated bunkers along with gun emplacements, scattered around the town’s most visible landmark."

Road trip across the American Southwest

"We drove along Route 6, Route 66 and Route 666. If there was a Route 6666, we must have missed that turn."

Having champagne in Champagne

"We roamed the damp and chilly tunnels and stumbled upon a large barrel delivered by Napoleon himself."

Historic locations in Gothenburg

"Hundreds of houses were quickly build, but unfortunately all of it was burned to the ground in 1611 by Danish forces."

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."